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Fireball Whisky pulled from shelves over ingredient

Posted at 8:42 PM, Oct 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 14:33:03-04

HELSINKI, Finland (PIX11) — A popular type of whiskey is being pulled from store shelves overseas over an ingredient.

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, which has a taste similar to the “Atomic Fireball” candy, contains too much propylene glycol, according to officials in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed propylene glycol safe for human consumption, Fireball liqueur contains “excessive amounts” of the ingredient, according to Finland’s alcohol monopoly Alko, and does not meet the European Union’s stricter health code.

Propylene glycol is used in antifreeze, as well as in snack food and cosmetic production. It is used to absorb water and maintain moisture in products, according to KFOR.

Up to 50 grams of the ingredient is allowed in U.S. foods. Fireball Whisky has 1/8 the amount allowed by the FDA.

Fireball Whisky is still available in the U.S.